Saturday, April 5, 2014

Refugee Nation returns to Minneapolis, 2014

Just in time for the Lao New Year!

Intermedia Arts is bringing back the acclaimed play Refugee Nation after 4 years to Minnesota.

Refugee Nation is about a young generation seeking to understand their history and a community healing from the traumas of war.

It will only be presented 8 times, from April 10-13 and April 17-20. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 in the afternoon. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm promptly. Tickets are $15 at the door, although $12 advance, student and senior discounts are available.

Intermedia Arts Executive director Theresa Sweetland said, “It is moving, powerful, hopeful and even funny at times and opens up a necessary and meaningful conversation about the legacies of war on individuals, generations, families and communities.”

Award-winning writer Bryan Thao Worra has described it as “one of the most significant plays of Lao America in our first 40 years.”

Over 1,000 people came to see this play the last time it came to Minnesota. In this iteration, guest performances will be performed by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Karimi Robert, May Lee-Yang, Ibrahim Kaba, Abdi Phenomenal and more.

This production was made possible in part by National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program and by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts also made this year’s presentation possible.

The two-week run starts April 10th. Tickets are on sale now at:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Catzie Vilayphonh Performing in April for a cause:

Catzie Vilayphonh is organizing the 2015 Laos in the House project. Because one of the duties of Lao New Year is to settle debts and practice philanthropy, she's donating all the money from herspeaking gigs for the entire month of April. If you want to see her:

4/5 - Rethinking Activism Conference at Penn

4/10 - Yellow Rage at University Nevada, Las Vegas

4/16 - "Shade: A Panel Discussion on Race & Feminism" hosted by Pussy Division at William Way

4/18 - Family Style Open Mic at Asian Arts Initiative

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

6th Annual International Lao New Year Festival: April 26th, 2014

The sixth annual International Lao New Year Festival is coming to the Richmond Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Details are likely to come out in the next few weeks about the acts and opportunities that will be specifically Hopefully they'll include Lao American art and literature.